CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

"Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: "American Idol" Ruben Studdard & runner-up Clay Aiken and Natalie Imbruglia.
Mars Volta Celebrates Chaos On Debut

Mars Volta Celebrates Chaos On Debut

Less than two weeks after At The Drive-In broke up in 2001, Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler had formed the Mars Volta. Without even hearing a note of their new endeavor, major labels began making calls.
Biafra Must Pay Back Royalties, Damages

Biafra Must Pay Back Royalties, Damages

Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra must pay $220,000 in back royalties and other damages to the other members of the band, a San Francisco appeals court judge has ruled.
Paul Stanley Working On Solo Album

Paul Stanley Working On Solo Album

Kiss co-frontman Paul Stanley is working on his first solo album in 25 years, the artist reveals to Billboard.com. Stanley says he's working with a crop of songwriters that includes Andreas Carlsson, who has written songs with or for the likes of Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Britney Spears and 'N Sync.
Cold Drops Off Lollapalooza

Cold Drops Off Lollapalooza

Hard rock act Cold has pulled out of its main stage slot on the upcoming Lollapalooza tour. A statement released by the band's representatives says that Cold "will take a short break from the road."
Sanctuary Makes Jam-Band Inroads

Sanctuary Makes Jam-Band Inroads

With a handful of new deals and several high-profile live projects planned, Sanctuary Records is positioning itself as a major player in the burgeoning jam band scene.
Modest Mouse Digs In On New Album

Modest Mouse Digs In On New Album

Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss., with additional recording in Memphis.
So Solid Crew Member Sentenced To Prison

So Solid Crew Member Sentenced To Prison

Jason Phillips, a member of the British garage band So Solid Crew, was sentenced yesterday (June 19) to four years in prison for carrying a loaded handgun. A jury at Southwark Crown Court in London convicted the 24-year-old Phillips of possessing a prohibited weapon and seven rounds of ammunition.
Familiar Faces To Rock Farm Aid

Familiar Faces To Rock Farm Aid

Farm Aid mainstays Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are set to headline the 2003 edition of the annual festival, to take place Sept. 7 at the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio. Additional artists will soon be added to the concert, which raises awareness and funds for family-owned U.S. farms.
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